Tablets in schools are becoming incredibly popular – according to BBC News just a few months back, they were reported in 70% of schools in the UK – wow! Remember when you used to have to lug around pounds of textbooks in your backpack? Parents would complain that this was bad for their kids’ backs and surely there is some truth to this. They could cause children to hunch over because of the heavy weight. This might not be a problem at all in the foreseeable future with the abundance of tablets. It was anticipated that approximately 3.5 million tablets would be purchased by schools by the end of 2014. This is a huge number that deserves recognition.
There are some easy to predict problems with tablets becoming widespread in schools. Students could sit there and play around on sites such as Facebook without their teacher knowing – the observant teacher is going to anticipate this concern, though. Of course, kids could have a textbook open and write notes in class, too, hiding them in their textbooks, but it seems a bit easier to “mess around” on a tablet computer.
Of course, an obvious benefit is that technology is indeed the way of the future, and kids will quickly catch on if they are supposed to use technology in the classroom. As it is, if an adult is not well versed with sending emails and using social media, they are going to have difficulty with many jobs nowadays. Imagine what the future will be like.
You might have heard that the iPhone 7 Plus (A1522), has a bending “problem.” Some users have reported that it bends if it is left a certain way in a pocket all day long, and some have even deliberately attempted to bend it. If you thought this was the only smart device that does this, you were wrong. According to testing, Samsung and HTC both have devices that are flawed in this way as well.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung SM-G925F, Samsung SM-G925P, Samsung SM-G925A, Samsung SM-G925W8, etc.) and HTC One M9 have been demonstrated to bend as well when put through testing. Yes, there are people who deliberately try to bend these devices so that they can report the potential risks back to users like you. The iPhone 7 Plus reaches complete damage when close to 200 pounds of pressure is put on it, but it can bend before that. The HTC device was able to be bent by testers at just over 120 pounds of pressure – it breaks at this point too because it can’t be turned on anymore. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bends at 110 pounds, but the bigger problem is that the glass would break at this level of pressure. The issue that developers need to look at is that a person carrying it around could end up carrying around glass in their pocket. None of this is to say that the average user would put that amount of pressure on their device, but this information is something to consider.
Do you have any of these devices? If so, take caution!
Know Your Options
Whether you got the iPhone 7 immediately upon its release or waited a few weeks to buy it, surely you were thrilled to own it and excited to try it out. Maybe in your excitement you mishandled it and accidently dropped it on the hard floor. Depending on the way it fell, there could be some damage. While the screen is very resilient, it can still become cracked and while the device itself was made to be strong, it can still start showing signs of damage after it becomes wet or gets dropped. You do have options, though. Here are some of them –
If the device is still under warranty, then you should be able to take it to your carrier or Apple. However, if you are reading this, you probably are facing the problem of not being under warranty or having failed to purchase a protection plan. Here is what you can do:
1.) Try out a local repair shop. Third party repair shops offer low priced services that are usually done by certified technicians who have been in business for quite some time. Thanks to their experience, they are able to work relatively fast, usually offering same day repairs.
2.) Sell your iPhone. There are always people willing to buy smartphones and tablets so that they can sell the parts or use them to fix other devices.
3.) Check out a YouTube tutorial on how to do it yourself. Depending on the problem, you might be able to order the specialized parts and tools online to fix any issues.
Just know you do have options if damage occurs, no matter how new your smartphone is.
With the popularity of smartphones and tablets comes the introduction of new smartphones and tablets on a fairly regular basis in order to keep up with demand. What this means for consumers is that they have more options than ever before.
A Trip Down Memory Lane…
Remember the days when the only phones you would ever see were flip phones? Remember when texting just wasn’t an option yet and phones were only used for talking? Or even before that when if you wanted to talk over the phone, you couldn’t leave your house? We live in a day and age where devices such as the iPhone 6 (A1549) reign supreme. The LG G3 (LG D850, LG D851, etc.) is pretty swell, too. With its 5.5 inch Quad HD Display and interactivity, you really can’t go wrong. So if you could choose between the G3 and the iPhone 6, which would be your best bet? Here are some thoughts…
The iPhone 6 weighs a tiny bit less. Literally, the difference is 5.26 oz versus 4.55 oz. Both phones offer a multi-touch touch screen, but the camera for the iPhone 6 is 8 megapixels versus 13 megapixels for the LG G3. The G3 offers more battery time than the 6, with about 21 hours of talk time versus 14 hours. The details might seem minor, but to someone who is an enthusiast with technology, they matter.
Talk with your carrier about what model and device would be best for you, or do a little bit of research before taking the plunge and committing to one for a year or more.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers users the opportunity to take advantage of a brand new update – the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Unfortunately, many users have claimed to get stuck with performance problems upon downloading this software. How can you know if this is to blame?
What are the indications of Android 5.0 Lollipop problems?
• A battery that drains fast
• Automatic, forced reboots
• Problems with applications such as forced closes
If you are experiencing any of these issues, then the Lollipop update might be to blame. There is a way to resolve this. One thing you can do is perform a factory reset of the phone. Of course, this might not be something you want to do, and sometimes it doesn’t help at all. Likely, there is an underlying software issue that clearly needs to be addressed.
Overall, there are mixed reviews because some users say that the Lollipop update boosts speed on their device and that the battery lasts longer. Others have said that they can’t even get their battery to charge to 100%. If you are experiencing issues, it is best to contact your provider and see what they recommend. If you’ve verified that the problem can’t be anything else, like apps being open, brightness being too high, too many apps being on the device, or any other common concern, then consider the Android 5.0 Lollipop update as a potential culprit to the aforementioned annoyances.
There Are Options for Damaged Devices That You Can Afford.
The Samsung Note 4 is a great device that customers seem to enjoy using. You are able to do so much with it thanks to its exceptionally large screen. It is commonly referred to as a phablet because it is a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. With a 5.7 inch screen, it’s easy to see why. You can take great photos on it and the stylus is easy to use. There’s a lot to love, with little to dislike. But no one is ever happy when their tablet, smartphone or phablet breaks. The thought of spending even more money is never fun.
What to do if it gets damaged
Look up a local third party repair shop. Places like these usually have technicians who have a reasonable amount of experience. They might be willing to sell parts to you, buy parts and fix what you have. You can expect to find low prices at places like these. They also tend to work fast, usually offering same day repairs. This can’t be beat.
See if your provider can fix the problem right then and there. If your device is under warranty, they should be able to, depending on what the damage is, of course.
You can always use a mail in repair business as well, although in this case, you will have to wait for shipment time on top of repair time, which some people don’t want to do.
The good news is, if your Samsung Note 4 breaks, you won’t be stuck having to buy something brand new. You do have repair possibilities.
If You’re Creative, You’ll Appreciate This
If you like to draw, then you might have had the Samsung Galaxy Note II pushed on you a few times already. This is an extremely popular device for those who like to draw, and for good reason. The Note 2 has a certain level of pressure sensitivity that has been applauded, as has the renowned precision of the stylus. As for how this translates into direct feedback, the general consensus seems to be that if you plan on using this device to make beautiful artwork, you will need to adjust the potentiometer. This isn’t problematic to do and can offer more ease to users. Overall, the Note II is a hit for the creative crowd and it is easy to see why. It comes recommended from people who enjoy creating unique, fun and even beautiful images on their screen. Something else that people like is it doesn’t necessarily look like they are drawing when they use it, so it doesn’t draw much attention.
iPhones and iPads seem to offer limitations when it comes to digital art, at least according to artists who have used them. So, the Samsung Galaxy Note II (SCH-1605, SGH-1317, SGH -T889, etc.) definitely seems to take the cake, but as newer devices are released, surely they will prove to be popular as well. In the meantime, check it out if you haven’t already and be sure to look up art-making apps.
Do you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? If so, what do you like best – the 5.7’’ Quad HD Super AMOLED display? Or perhaps its quick charging power? There is a lot to love – but one thing that can prove problematic is the fact that the glass screen cannot be replaced if it becomes damaged. This means, in a nutshell, that it is going to cost you a lot of money if you end up damaging the screen to the point that replacement is necessary.
What exactly does this mean for users?
Don’t break the screen! Well, sometimes things happen…there are solutions, but they might not be cost-effective for you.
Here’s the 411…
In the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N9110A), the LCD and screen are fused together. What this means is, that if glass replacement is needed, it is actually not even a possibility at all. The LCD would have to be replaced, which of course, is more complex and comes at a higher price tag. It can cost well over $100 for screen and digitizer assembly and sometimes upwards of $200 depending on where you look. You can come to the conclusion on your own that it is extremely beneficial to invest in some sort of protective screen covering. You don’t want to spend close to what you could put down to buy a brand new device. Do what you can to protect the screen of your Samsung Galaxy Note 4!
In recent months, Apple customers have been complaining about a problem with the back camera on the iPhone 6 Plus model. Apparently, a number of their new flagship smartphone have come off the production line with faulty iSight camera that will start to take blurry pictures. If you do have a problem with your iPhone 6 Plus, use the checker below to check if your device is eligible for their free replacement program.
Have an issue? You probably aren’t alone
The iPad is an amazing device, with the newer versions offering even more than ever before. We took a look at the iPad 4 to see if our issues were comparable to global concerns with the device. Here are the results:
The device seems to have charging issues. The iPad 4 might not recognize the connector or there could be a problem with the charging plug. Regardless, this does seem to be a recurring issue which is recognized and obviously will be avoided in the construction of the iPad 5.
Poor WiFi connection is another issue that has been reported through various sources. A quick solution is to turn the WiFi off and then to turn it back on. You can reset the device too and make sure your iOS software is current.
A general solution to various problems to include WiFi connectivity, a frozen screen, and the connection being lost is, as mentioned, to reset the device. This can be done by going into the Settings, clicking “General” then “Reset” then “Reset Network Settings.” If you’ve tried every solution you can think of but still have problems that are impacting your usage of the iPad 4, bring it to your carrier because there is no denying that these issues are wide-ranging and impact a lot of users. You can also look up a third party repair shop that is willing to fix different smartphone and tablet models.
Whether you have the A1458, A1459, A1460 or any other version, be sure to have any problems looked into so that you can enjoy the device in all of the ways that you are supposed to. Nothing is flawless when it comes to technology, although it is constantly improving.